Today I was up early to greet the morning at Keeneland before the Fall racing season comes to a close.
I decided to join my husband on the backside.
I followed him through barn after barn~
It's within this idyllic setting that he helps horses to breathe easier.
Trying to stay out of the way, I focused my camera on other things.
Even though the backside is a hub of activity ~
I love how it's also the quiet side.
The hands-on dedication of grooms, owners, and trainers is admirable.
The saddling paddock.
The jockeys awaiting last-minute instructions and owners having one last look at their horses ~
It's all about tradition, fine horsemanship, and the finish line.
The world’s best Thoroughbred horses, owners, trainers, and jockeys come to compete in April and October ~ However, Keeneland also plays host to many year-round events including the November horse sales, the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance, and the Bluegrass Trust Antique and Garden Show just to name a few.
Just around the bend at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion, Keeneland Cross Gate Gallery will present the
This inaugural auction represents an inspired collaboration between the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house and the country’s premier gallery of fine sporting art and contemporary British figurative painting.
Among the auction’s most important pieces are several by Munnings, including Blue Prince II, a 26 1⁄2” x 39 1⁄4” painting commissioned by Thoroughbred owner and breeder Walter Jeffords. Munnings, who died in 1959, is regarded as one of the world’s finest equine painters.
Art, Antiques, Cars, Gardens ~ and Horses ~ don't forget the horses…oops!
Hmmm. I have no segue here so I'll just ask ~ Are you prepared for winter? I'm not.
The Keeneland Gift Shop, which also happens to be the best holiday shop in town, will be hosting a Barbour Trunk Show and Reproofing event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 4th & 5th.
The magazine, both informative & resourceful, appeals to the master & back porch gardener. I like that!
I first discovered DIG IT! in 2012 when I came across a beautiful story ~ Her Favorite Things ~ authored by Mary Jasch. I was moved not only by the topic but also by the author's poetic way with words. I wrote about it here in Poetry & Gardening.
Mary Jasch is a freelance writer, photographer, gardener, and also the publisher of DIG IT! Magazine. I love how she invites her readers to put on their muck boots, garden hats & gloves and enter the gardens of interesting architects, artists, filmmakers, philanthropists, and foodies who just so happen to also be incredible gardeners!
“The flowers, mostly dahlias, are tools for inspiration and for marketing her handmade dishware and vases and American-made, factory-made Pearl Collection TM tableware.” I love the comments of Frances’ daughter.